Avoid Cancer: Eat Your Vegetables

They say you are what you eat, and when it comes to preventing cancer, that holds true. According to a research review published in the journal of Clinical Epigenetics from a team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage are filled with compounds that could help reverse or prevent cancers or other age related diseases.

 

Said co-author of the study, Trygve Tollefsbol, Ph.D., D.O., a biology professor in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, "Your mother always told you to eat your vegetables, and she was right…but now we better understand why she was right compounds in many of these foods suppress gene aberrations that over time cause fatal diseases."

Some of the things that the researchers recommend is boosting your intake of green tea to three cups a day, and adding a daily cup of broccoli to your diet.  Tollefsbol continued, "Our review article has drawn everything together from global studies, and the common theme is that compounds in the epigenetics diet foods can, at the very least, help us lead healthier lives and help our bodies prevent potentially debilitating diseases like breast cancer and Alzheimer's.” 

In another study published by The World Cancer Research Fund  about lifestyle choices and cancer risk recommending weight loss, even for people who have a healthy weight, they recommend staying as close to the low end of the 18.5 -25 range of healthy BMI.  They also recommend cutting out bacon and ham, and avoiding sugary drinks and alcohol. 

Of course making changes to your diet and lifestyle won’t happen overnight, but it’s important to know the risks, and what foods to phase out. Other recommendations for cutting your risk of developing cancer include having a consistent routine of aerobic exercise, and of course quitting smoking if you do have the habit.

Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham 

 

 


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